Qaouq: Hizbullah Assumption of Health Ministry Post Exposes U.S. Waning Role

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Hizbullah Central Council official Sheikh Nabil Qaouq announced Sunday that the allocation of the health ministry portfolio to a Hizbullah minister has exposed the magnitude of “U.S. decline” in Lebanon.

“America had publicly placed a veto on Hizbullah’s participation in the government and on it getting the health portfolio, but the assumption of Hizbullah of the health ministry post has toppled the American veto and exposed the extent of the decline in the U.S. role and influence in Lebanon,” Qaouq said.

“Despite all the U.S. diplomatic mobilization and the pressures that were practiced against the Lebanese, America was surprised by the unanimous national stance that rejected the U.S. veto on Hizbullah,” the Hizbullah official boasted.

“This proves the political decline of America in Lebanon and the fact that Hizbullah has boosted its political strength in Lebanon,” he added.

The U.S. State Department had announced in recent days that Washington is “concerned that Hizbullah, a U.S.-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization, will continue to occupy ministerial positions and was allowed to name the Minister of Public Health.”

“We call on the new government to ensure the resources and services of these ministries do not provide support to Hizbullah,” the State Department urged.

The new health minister, Jamil Jabaq, is not a member of Hizbullah but is believed to be close to Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah and was his personal physician at one point.

The health portfolio makes it difficult for international donors to avoid Hizbullah, which is under multiple U.S. sanctions.

A donor meeting in Paris last year pledged $11 billion in low-interest loans and aid for Lebanon, hoping to avert disaster amid political and economic instability and the influx of 1.5 million refugees from neighboring Syria.

Comments 3
Thumb ex-fpm 10 February 2019, 13:40

5 days ago Nasrallah: The health minister is not a member of our party and we have taken this decision for the sake of the country's interest.
http://www.naharnet.com/stories/en/256131-nasrallah-says-health-minister-for-all-lebanese-party-s-concern-is-humanitarian#comment-616437

Qaouq: "the assumption of Hizbullah of the health ministry post has toppled the American veto and exposed the extent of the decline in the U.S. role and influence in Lebanon,”

Thumb Knight 11 February 2019, 04:14

I don't see any contradiction here, do you?

Thumb whyaskwhy 10 February 2019, 17:44

Hes right America and Israel have all folded over and Palestine has been liberated too since Kizballah place their man as the health minister. Has anyone seen the Dow Jones this morning since the Qaoooq has spoken? Just think about the caliber of his followers and you can see how much education is lacking in our nation.